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DaVinci Group Co-Founder Dan Kippycash Passes Away at 49

The veteran consumer electronics executive was hospitalized before succumbing to an illness.

DaVinci Group Co-Founder Dan Kippycash Passes Away at 49
The DaVinci Group has announced that its co-founder and CEO Daniel Kippycash has passed away after a brief illness.

Robert Archer · April 5, 2016

The DaVinci Group, Inc. (TDG), a manufacturer of architectural audio and other A/V integration products under the TDG Audio, Vanguard Dynamics and Blue Aura brands, has announced the sudden passing the company's CEO Daniel Kippycash. Kippycash passed away suddenly after a very brief medical event at the Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colo.

In December 2012, Kippycash and chief technology officer Alex Chiou founded the DaVinci Group, a company Kippycash described as his "dream" company. It was his dream he said, because it represented the culmination of a series of entrepreneurial ventures that encapsulated all of the lessons he learned throughout his career, which in turn were all applied to TDG. 

"All of us at The DaVinci Group are shocked and saddened by Dan's untimely passing," states Jeff Francisco, president of The DaVinci Group, Inc. "His vision and strategic clarity have been the foundation upon which this company was built, and we will miss his ongoing insight and guidance."

Let's all #MuteTheMusic today at 5pm Eastern, 2pm Pacific to remember Dan. Whatever you're doing, hit the pause button and reflect.

Throughout his life Kippycash battled the disease diabetes and as a result Kippycash and TDG had developed a strategic transition plan, which Dan himself helped to create.  In accordance with those corporate transition plans, Jeff Francisco, president of The DaVinci Group, assumes all responsibilities of chief executive officer (CEO). The company says day-to-day operations have been absorbed by existing staff and no service interruptions are anticipated.

Kippycash was born on October 21, 1966 and passed away April 3, 2016 at 49 years of age. During his career many came to know Kippycash when he was employed as Crestron's director of business development. In 2000 he was a founding partner in Xplore Solutions, an IP-based automation control system manufacturer. Five years later he became a founding partner in The Momentum Group, a concierge technology company targeted at the MDU market. After his tenure at the Momentum Group Kippycash became the product manager for the Nirv automation system at SpeakerCraft, the company where he would become associated with colleagues Alex Chiou and Jeff Francisco.

Mac Burks, aka 39 Cent Stamp, created the Dan Kippycash action figure during Dan's tenure at SpeakerCraft.



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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at robert.archer@emeraldexpo.com

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Comments

Posted by Ron Callis - One Firefly on April 6, 2016

Dan was a good guy. I worked with Dan when he ran his MDU business in Florida. I was a Crestron RM at the time. We stayed connected when he went to Speakercraft and we tried hard to work together at TDG, as Dan strived to put on a national road show. Positive thoughts and blessings to Connie and family. He was loved and respected and will be missed.

Posted by 39CentStamp on April 5, 2016

It’s crazy to notice a facebook friend stop posting 1 day and be gone from the earth just a few days later. Dan was a great guy and he will be missed. Gone way too soon.

Posted by Michael Sajecki on April 5, 2016

Dan was a great guy and always fun to talk to. Met him when he was an integrator in Florida, worked with him while he was at a vendor that I represented, then maintained a friendship that went beyond business. Dan always had a great outlook and was always wiling to help find a solution. Dan will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to Connie, family and friends. Help out if you can: https://www.youcaring.com/connie-and-dan-kippycash-550074

Posted by Julie Jacobson on April 5, 2016

This is a sad day for the industry. Dan was always the guy who offered a kind word in these forums. His generosity will be missed. My heart goes out to Connie and the rest of Dan’s family, including the custom-electronics community.

Posted by Ortster on April 5, 2016

I lost the closed friend of my life to diabetes when he was 40 years old.  It’s an insidious disease and my heart goes out to Dan’s family.

Posted by Ortster on April 5, 2016

I lost the closed friend of my life to diabetes when he was 40 years old.  It’s an insidious disease and my heart goes out to Dan’s family.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on April 5, 2016

This is a sad day for the industry. Dan was always the guy who offered a kind word in these forums. His generosity will be missed. My heart goes out to Connie and the rest of Dan’s family, including the custom-electronics community.

Posted by Michael Sajecki on April 5, 2016

Dan was a great guy and always fun to talk to. Met him when he was an integrator in Florida, worked with him while he was at a vendor that I represented, then maintained a friendship that went beyond business. Dan always had a great outlook and was always wiling to help find a solution. Dan will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to Connie, family and friends. Help out if you can: https://www.youcaring.com/connie-and-dan-kippycash-550074

Posted by 39CentStamp on April 5, 2016

It’s crazy to notice a facebook friend stop posting 1 day and be gone from the earth just a few days later. Dan was a great guy and he will be missed. Gone way too soon.

Posted by Ron Callis - One Firefly on April 6, 2016

Dan was a good guy. I worked with Dan when he ran his MDU business in Florida. I was a Crestron RM at the time. We stayed connected when he went to Speakercraft and we tried hard to work together at TDG, as Dan strived to put on a national road show. Positive thoughts and blessings to Connie and family. He was loved and respected and will be missed.